OC Brew Ha Ha ‘HOP MONSTER’ Collaboration Beer

 

Orange County Brew Ha HaBeer Soaked readers should know by now that our favorite Orange County craft beer festival is approaching. That’s right, it’s almost time for the annual OC Brew Ha Ha on Saturday, September 7th, 2013.

Did you know that they are brewing a special collaboration beer for the event? We were invited to brew day for the OC Brew Ha Ha ‘HOP MONSTER’, and here’s the story…

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Three local Orange County brewmasters; Aaron Barkenhagen of Bootleggers BreweryEvan Weinberg of Cismontane Brewing Company, and Jerrod Larsen of Tustin Brewing Company, all came together to brew a commemorative beer for the OC BrewHaHa festival. They sat down over some beers and after taking a look at the graphic novel themed artwork for the 2013 BrewHaHa they decided on a massively “hopped up” Red Ale that would consist of Citra, Nelson, and Galaxy hops. “It was a no brainer. It had to be a hoppy red. I mean, just look at the artwork.” – Aaron Continue reading

OC Brew Ho Ho – a winter beer wonderland

Tis the season…

The winter beer season is upon us and that means it’s time to celebrate with spiced ales, high gravity stouts, and barrel aged brews of all denominations. Lucky for us there’s one place for all that stuff. Where? At the OC Brew Ho Ho. Is your Christmas shopping list filled with requests for beer related stuff: hats, t-shirts, bottle openers, glassware, coasters, etc. There’s a place to get that stuff too, the OC Brew Ho Ho. Perhaps you were there? If so, then you can skip below to the photos.

The crowd shuffles in

The OC Brew Ho Ho! Holiday Ale Festival was a sold out event with 1,500 fans of craft beer in attendance at the Phoenix Club in Anaheim, CA. It featured some of the best craft beer available in Southern California with the greatest collection of holiday ales ever assembled under one roof. The food was incredible with gourmet offerings from multiple food trucks and local food vendors like Slaters 50/50, and after feasting on lunch there were amazing desserts from Brewcakes and Drunken Udder. And the best part was all the great brewery themed holiday gifts available at the beer booths. I wish everybody shopping for me this Christmas was in attendance. I’d be set for life.

For entertainment they had a DJ playing a wide variety of music including holiday tunes. There was also a Super Jenga, Baggo bean bag toss, a shooting range, and photos with Santa Claus ensuring that there was never a dull moment! Continue reading

Pliny the Younger in Orange County 2012

Well, there seem to be a ton of folks coming here to find out where to find Russian River Brewing Company’s elusive Triple IPA, “Pliny The Younger” on tap in Orange County. Rather than pretend that I’ve done all the research, I’ll just point you to the resource I’ve been using to track it down. The folks over TheFullPint.com have a great list of SoCal spots to watch. Of course, twitter is the best way to get real-time info on who’s got what on tap now. I’d recommend that you follow your favorite watering hole on Twitter and stay tuned to see when they announce it.

For example:


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Happy beer hunting!

Better Late Than Never

So I’m the new guy to the Beer Soaked family. I did attend the 2011 BrewHaHa but have been lagging big time on writing a blog. What can you expect from a physical therapist!

My favorites from the BrewHaHa:


  • Noble Ale Works
    (Located in Anaheim by the Big A) – Alpha Red: a bold hearty red that has just the right amount of punch 

  • The Bruery
    (Located in Placentia) – Autumn Maple: a bold beer made with Yams, and a plentiful amount of spices it tastes like Thanksgiving.

  • and 2 beers from the Ommegang (Cooperstown) label – Adoration and the BPA: the BPA is a hoppy like an IPA but still aims toward a farm-house beligian, very tasty. The Adoration is a limited edition Belgian-style dark beer that will comes in at 10% and should be available in mid-October

A few other beers were sampled but it were lost in the shuffle. Although I was able to fill my growler after work with a something might tasty (It’s nice working 2 minutes from the Bruery), the Humulus Wet from The Bruery. It was quite hoppy, yet as they say not an IPA. Read more about this unique beer on The Bruery’s blog. Until next time,

Dr. Stew